Rams match single-game records

Rams add three Lone Star Conference wins to record

By Rosanna Aguilera
On April 5, 2018

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
Jared Velasco, senior pitcher, throws a strike to home. Velasco struck out three Tarleton batters. 

 

The Rams baseball team got a series win over the Tarleton State Texans, winning three of the four games played. 

The Rams won the first game 3-0 on Thursday, March 29. In Friday’s doubleheader, they lost the first game 2-4 but won the second 6-4. They sealed the win on Saturday, winning 26-9. 

The Rams are 25-9 on the season and 6-2 in their Lone Star Conference play. 

The team matched single-game records for home runs (6), RBI (26) and walks (13) in the final game. They were one run short of matching the single game scoring record, too.
Head Coach Kevin Brooks said he was proud of the team’s offense.

“I think our offense is capable of doing that every game,” Brooks said. “Our guys really locked in early.”

Brooks said he was proud of his players. 

“Mike [Urquidi] starting out the game with a home run got us off to a good start,” Brooks said. “Everybody had really good at bats up and down the line up.”

Brooks said he felt like they could score pretty regularly that day.

“Got one in every inning today except for the last one because we didn’t bat in that one,” Brooks said.

Sophomore Nicholas Novak ended the game with four runs scored and five RBI. He’s now tied for the team lead with four home runs on the season.

“I was seeing the ball well,” Novak said. “The first three games were going in my favor as far as hitting, so coming into today, I wasn’t thinking about the stats; I was just thinking about going out and playing baseball, and it worked out for me.”

Novak said he had lots of ups and downs.

“I’m trying to do the little things right, but the big thing is to stay consistent,” Novak said. “That’s been part of my game growing up, and I’m trying to keep that coming from the high school level going to the college level.”

Novak said he’s adapted to a lot more.

“I have one year under my belt that I took advantage of, and I hope that continues,” Novak said. 

Junior Brad Mathiowetz said he felt comfortable in the final game.

“It helps when guys are getting hits in front of you,” Mathiowetz said. “You know you’re going to get a lot more hits when you’re up in the game.”

Mathiowetz said they feed off each other like that.

“It also leaves a little bit of a sour taste in your mouth that we dropped a game and then come and do this to them,” Mathiowetz said.

However, Mathiowetz said it’s good to get three out of four games.

“We saw this coming, we’ve been building to this for a while,” Mathiowetz said. 

 

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